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Joint Series with NAPA and AAA&S: Public Governance and Civic Engagement Event 4

June 29, 2021 @ 03:00:00 pm - June 29, 2021 @ 04:14:00 pm
Eastern Time (ET)

Trust in Government at All Levels

Join us for the final event in our four-part series on Public Governance and Engagement, bringing together NAPA’s Grand Challenges Work and the recent AAA&S report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, which was the product of a two-year bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country.
Panelists will discuss the role of responsive federal, state, and local governments in increasing trust and how to bring citizen voices into decision-making processes using innovations in participatory policymaking. In addition, the discussion will provide suggestions on how to improve the design of public meetings, especially at the state and local level.

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Panelists

Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

David Campbell

Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy, University of Notre Dame

Dan Blair

Senior Counselor and Fellow, The Bipartisan Policy Center; Former President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

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Donna Shalala

Former U.S. Representative, Florida's 27th congressional district

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Moderator

Teresa W. Gerton

President and CEO

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Our Common Purpose
Last year the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S) released the results of a two-year bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country. The commission’s final report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, is a sweeping and comprehensive proposal to strengthen American constitutional democracy. Inspired by conversations with hundreds of Americans across demographic, geographic and ideological lines, the report includes 31 interconnected recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation's 250th anniversary.

The Grand Challenges
In 2019, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) announced 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration in four critical areas. These challenges resulted from a year-long effort of research and stakeholder engagement led by a Steering Committee with support from the Academy staff. The Academy knew these were important and timely topics, but the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic crystalized the urgency of addressing these challenges. At the beginning of 2020, the Academy formed Working Groups of Fellows charged with identifying immediate practical steps that the Administration in 2021—whether a reelected Trump Administration, or a newly elected Biden Administration—should take to begin addressing each Grand Challenge. These Election 2020 action plans were released on a rolling basis during the summer and fall of 2020.

***This session is open to the media but not for attribution.***

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